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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) have announced the passage of a bill designed to expand access to the J-51 Tax Abatement for middle-class condo and co-op owners. The bill is a small step, compared to years prior, in the right direction. Comments (1)
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced he would allocate nearly half a million dollars to Project Boost funding for 44 schools within his district. Project Building Options and Opportunities for Students is a program from the Center for Educational Innovation and gives schools the financing they need for education programs, cultural trips or other extracurricular activities. Comment
Far Rockaway

St. John’s Hospital will receive $10 million

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway will receive more than $10 million in funding to help improve its health care delivery, according to state Sen. James Sanders (D-South Ozone Park). Comments (1)
Bayside

Celebrated Astoria food truck expands to Bayside

Every morning at 7, Antonis Tsampas arrives at the King Souvlaki food truck in Astoria and prepares the truck for the day’s business. By 10 a.m., the truck is open for business across the borough at the intersection of Northern and Bell boulevards in Bayside, offering passers-by authentic Greek food that Tsampas says lives up to the company’s motto of being a truck offering “Greek on the street.” Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center has opened its second Flushing site, with expanded services for older adults in the community. Comment
Corona

Parking spaces turned into mechanic bays in Corona

For the residents on 53rd Avenue between 103rd and 108th streets in Corona, the past decade has been a nightmare. Comments (3)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Jamaica

Jamaica street renamed for late co-founder of Afrikan Poetry Theatre

Residents walking along the northwest corner of 176th Street and Jamaica Avenue will now be greeted by a new street sign — John Watusi Branch Way — in honor of the late John Watusi, who co-founded the Afrikan Poetry Theatre in the 1970s. Comments (1)
Government

Bald eagle returns to Meadow Lake after wetlands are restored

A bald eagle has taken up residence in Flushing Meadows Corona Park along with egrets, swans, muskrats and turtles since the city invested $2.8 million to restore the wetlands along the shore of Meadow Lake. Comments (1)
Flushing

Stavisky weighs in on mayoral control of schools

At her annual legislative roundtable, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) said she was disappointed that mayoral control over the city’s schools was only extended for a year but touted a series of legislative achievements. Comments (2)
State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Long Island City) announced her re-election candidacy at Dazie’s Restaurant in Sunnyside Monday. She has been a member of the state Legislature ever since her ground-breaking win in 1984 as one of the youngest women ever elected in New York. Comments (4)
Flushing

Diverse communities form present-day Flushing

In the area surrounding the Flushing-Main Street station, downtown Flushing’s main transportation hub, Hispanic, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, European, African-American, Latin American and South Asian individuals can be seen bustling about. Comments (4)

Sunday, July 3, 2016

East Elmhurst

Fererras-Copeland elected vice president of national Latino organization

City Councilwoman Julissa Fererras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) expanded her profile Sunday when she was elected vice president of the board of directors of The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials following the organization’s 33rd annual conference. Comment
Arverne

Arverne project to fix NYCHA after Sandy

The city has broken ground on a $67 million reconstruction project at a New York City Housing Authority residential development in the Rockaways that was damaged by Hurricane Sandy. It was the first of 33 scheduled projects to repair Sandy-affected NYCHA housing that would be funded by a $3 billion grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comment
Queens Village

Grodenchik completes visits to schools in his district

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) completed his campaign pledge to visit every school in his district Tuesday, touting the $3 million in capital funding allocated to schoolsi in Districts 26 and 29 in this year’s city budget. Comments (2)

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Jamaica

Car wash workers win settlement against owner

Workers at a Jamaica car wash won a settlement against the owner after claiming he had paid them below the minimum wage and withheld overtime pay. Comment
Flushing

Avella wants stop work order for planned Flushing daycare expansion

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and community leaders are calling on the city Department of Buildings to issue a stop work order on what they say is the illegal and dangerous expansion of the Happy Dragon daycare facility in Flushing. Comments (2)
OAKLAND GARDENS — An Oakland Gardens man was arraigned in federal court last week on suspicion of smuggling prohibited wildlife into the United States via the Postal Service, according to the Eastern District of U.S. Attorney’s office. Comments (4)

Friday, July 1, 2016

Community activists, artists and elected officials discussed racial and religious discrimination in post-9/11 America as well as the challenges LGBT individuals face at an evening of rights and reflection at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights Saturday following the Orlando nightclub shooting last month. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Stirnger releases audit of Springfield Gardens charter

A Springfield Gardens charter school did a poor job of overseeing its financial affairs, according to an audit conducted by the office of Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)
Astoria

Gianaris joins activists to demand an end to solitary confinement

A statewide organization, dedicated to ending the use of solitary confinement in the state prison system, called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to pass the Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement Act, known as HALT, immediately upon returning to session in January. Comments (4)
Woodhaven

Neir’s Tavern shot down by LPC

Woodhaven

Neir’s Tavern shot down by LPC

While Neir’s Tavern, the 180-year-old Woodhaven drinking establishment, had its application for landmark status rejected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in May, owner Loycent Gordon says his battle to achieve that status for his establishment is far from over. Comments (1)
Flushing

Elected officials blast NYCHA lead inaction

The New York City Housing Authority needs to take responsibility for apartments in its complexes that may need abatements to offset the dangers of lead poisoning, elected officials said Monday morning. Comment
Flushing

City Council passes Municipal Lot 3 affordable housing proposal

The City Council unanimously approved the One Flushing development project, which seeks to build affordable housing at Municipal Lot 3 in downtown Flushing. Comments (2)
Borough President Melinda Katz and NYC Parks hosted the annual Only in Queens Summer Festival Sunday, involving a rare public tour of the New York State Pavilion followed by the SummerStage concert in Flushing Meadows. Among the performers at the SummerStage event were East Elmhurst-born hip-hop artists Kid N’ Play, singer/actor Tristan “Mack” Wilds, and R&B singer Ginuwine. Comment
Forest Hills

Target removes trees in front of Forest Hills site

The two-level, 21,000-square-foot Target slated to open in Forest Hills next month has left some Queens residents uneasy. Comment
People

Former Queens DA John Santucci dies

People

Former Queens DA John Santucci dies

John Santucci, who served as the Queens district attorney from 1977 to 1991 in a tenure that involved a number of controversial and highly publicized cases, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack at his home in Garden City, L.I. He was 85. Comment
Kew Gardens

New film questions the story of Kitty Genovese’s murder

Many know the story of the harrowing murder of Kitty Genovese, but according to the new documentary, “The Witness,” a lot of people may have the story wrong. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

In the most contested congressional primary in the borough, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi won the Democratic nod to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville) in a race that drew only about 9.4 percent of registered voters in the Queens part of the district. He will face Republican Jack Martins in the general election in November. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Queens stunned by Supreme Court deadlock on immigration

In all corners of the World’s Borough immigrants and elected officials were speaking out after last week’s bombshell announcement by the U.S. Supreme Court of a deadlocked decision on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. Comments (4)
Elmhurst

Stavisky gets answers on sex offenders living at Pan Am shelter

The Elmhurst community has been shaken since two registered sex offenders were identified as living in the shelter for homeless families at the former Pan American hotel. Convicted rapist Rodney Moultrie and convicted child predator Dwayne Clark registered with the state Division of Criminal Justice Services June 7 providing the address 79-00 Queens Blvd., that of the Boulevard Family Residence. Comments (3)
Government

After House floor sit-in, New York’s Congressional delegation rallies at City Hall

After last week’s historic 26-hour sit-in on the House floor, the New York Congressional delegation brought the fight home, rallying with gun safety advocates and victims of gun violence to continue the demand for action while the House is adjourned until July 5. Comments (1)
A Jackson Heights elementary school will be flying a new flag from now on. Comment
Politics

Pols, advocates divided over judge ruling city right of way law unconstitutional

Elected officials and advocates have expressed mixed reactions to a criminal court judge’s ruling that the city’s right of way law is unconstitutional on the grounds that it imposes criminal penalties without the need to prove wrongdoing. Comments (2)
For the first time since it was devastated during Hurricane Sandy, the full Rockaway Boardwalk will be open this weekend, including the final section from Beach 117th Street to Beach 126th Street. Beachgoers and cyclists will be able to enjoy a continuous connection spanning from Beach 9th Street to Beach 126th Street. Comments (2)
Woodside

Real estate agents allegedly swindled prospective tenants: DA

Two real estate agents from Flushing and Woodside have been charged with defrauding 20 prospective tenants out of more than $65,000 in security deposits, agent fees and rental payments between 2014 and 2015, Queens DA Richard Brown said. Comment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

In the most contested congressional primary in the borough, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi won the Democratic primary, beating four challengers. He will face Republican Jack Martins in the general election in November in a bid to succeed outgoing U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Melville). Comments (3)
Trains leaving Penn Station were cancelled for up to an hour Tuesday after a truck collided with a Long Island Road bridge west of Woodside at about 6:30 p.m., according to MTA LIRR social media pages. Comments (3)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Politics

Queens’ Dem primaries: A low turnout affair

Politics

Queens’ Dem primaries: A low turnout affair

Retired voters cast ballots at Bell Academy earlier in the day Comments (4)

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Sunnyside man and his friends will try to fill a void in after-school arts and sports programs for young people in Woodside and Sunnyside. Comment
A fire engine and a city bus collided just after noon in Astoria Sunday, injuring 19 people. Comments (4)

Friday, June 24, 2016

College Point

College Point man stabbed after argument: Cops

A man was stabbed in College Point after an altercation at 4:20 a.m. Friday, police said. Comment
Economy

British voters vote to leave the EU, shaking world financial markets

Global financial markets were rocked early Friday with news that British voters have chosen to leave the European Union. Comments (3)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Government

Queens stunned by Supreme Court deadlock on immigration

President Barack Obama’s controversial executive action on immigration was dealt a crushing blow Thursday by a 4-4 deadlock by the justices at the U.S. Supreme Court. The tie vote upholds a lower court’s decision to block Obama’s plan to protect up to 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. Comments (9)

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